Amazing grace

What we call grace is really the universe or life coming together a certain way locally. Sometimes, we may see just some things (the ones our mind tells us are good) as grace. Sometimes, we may see everything as grace (because it is).

– from a previous post

Grace is the universe or existence coming together locally in a certain way.

We can call what’s unexpected, improbable, and appreciated as grace, and exclude the rest.

In this more conventional view on grace, we can invite it in. For instance, we can invite in healing and awakening through doing the work, preparing the ground, setting the intention for it to happen, pray for it, ask for it. And if it happens, we call it grace.

We can also perceive everything as grace. Any situation, any experience, anything the mind likes and doesn’t like. This is closer to a more absolute or final view on grace. After all, if all is Spirit, all is – almost by defition – grace.

What are some other reasons we would see all of existence as grace? It’s all precious and improbable. It’s all a blessing, although sometimes – to us – a blessing in disguise. It’s all part of the divine play, lila.

So we can see some things as grace, or we can see everything as grace. And if we chose the latter, we can notice when we resist seeing something in particular as grace, and take that as opportunity for exploration. What’s the fear and belief in us? What may be more true? How is it to meet it with respect, patience, and curiosity? How would it be to see this in us and the situation triggering it as grace?

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There are many interpretations of the crucifixion, both in a theological sense and a metaphorical sense. For instance, it’s the marriage of the vertical (divine) and horizontal (human), as if the two were ever two.

For me, crucifixion is immediate and visceral.

I am crucified here and now and always. I cannot escape what’s here now, even if I try. The attempt to escape only becomes part of what I cannot escape here and now.

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